Can someone please advise me on where I should consider going? A bit about me ... I am from the US and ski mostly advanced runs so am not looking for an easy mountain. I am also travelling solo so will be looking for somewhere that I can get semi-affordable lodging and dont mind somewhat slumming it (I realize skiing in France/Switzerland is not cheap so its all relative). Since I am flying into Geneva and got a bit hosed on the price, I would rather not have to take expensive train trips if possible.
Any advice would be much help. This website is terrific ... almost too terrific as I feel overwhelmed with all of the information on possible pistes! Thanks!
More high level skiing and a couple of world classic runs that may be possible (Vallee Blanche for example).
Skiin is more spread out than PDS and transport needed from town to different ski areas but ...
At the time you are going the PDS will be starting to loose lower runs, perhaps not with closures but with snow quality certainly.
I seem to remember somewhere on here someone talking about cheap hostel accomodation in Chamonix?
Can't remember - but go and look at some of the Chamonix websites and their tourist office to see what you can find.
Good luck, enjoy and love to hear how it went for you when you get back home.
I based my answer on your request for top end skiing.
Looking at the forecasts it is getting warmer again from the w/end, so rain at resort levels.
It may depend on where in the PDS you would be staying?
Next week will be spring skiing everywhere. Chamonix has much higher skiing than PDS but a more knowledgeable person than me may be better placed to help with the pros and cons of both places. Been to both but don't know either that well.
Now - if you were asking about anywhere in the Haute tarentaise I'm your man
Glen Plake lives in Chamonix for all the obvious reasons )
Chamonix will do you nightlife to suit any budget. It's a town with around 10,000 residents IIRC.
PdS is a lovely system, but IMHO it's more about point to point skiing, unlike Chamonix which is more about picking your line on your hill for that day.
Not sure if you've skied France before, but do make sure that you have adequate insurance. Rescue services and medical care are not free.
Go and be stunned by the scenery
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